Hurstwood NationalSat 08 September, 2018

National level event

Explanation of Event levels

  • Training events are non competitive events used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport.
  • Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Most clubs run some 'mini series' throughout the year as local mid week events.
  • Regional events attract participants from around the local Region.
  • National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away,
  • Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships or the annual JK competition.



Two Routegadget links below, one for M21E, Brown, Blue, Short Blue, Green, Short Green and Black (M20E) courses, and the second one for Short Brown (W20E), Very Short Green, Light Green and W21E courses.

Results and splits


Please see officials reports on the SHI Individual results webpage.

Pre-event details below here:

PRE-ENTRIES NOW CLOSED: EOD available. See below.

SAFETY NOTE: The controller advises that:

Hurstwood National run in parallel to the Senior Home International, but with later start times. Come early and support your home team! SHI Finish is adjacent to the Assembly area.

This is an open event for all orienteers over classic long distance courses. You may enter the SHI courses, but with a later start time, to see how you fare against the nations' best.

The village of Hurstwood is situated SE of Burnley and marks the transition from wooded lowland to open moorland. Above the village is the water catchment for Hurstwood and Cant Clough reservoirs. In building the dams about 100 years ago large volumes of stone were quarried locally. The remaining spoils and tips form an dune-like intricate landscape of hills, gullies, knolls, depressions and pits mingled with marshes, streams and stone cast-offs. Shedden Clough to the south comprises 18th century hushings from extraction of limestone from massive erratic boulders brought down from the Dales during the last ice age. Elsewhere the moorland (rising to 1500 feet) can be tough underfoot but open, except where modern planting provides some cover. This patchwork of terrain, gifted to us by the quarrymasters of our ancestors, provides challenging navigation and route choices for the modern orienteer.

The area has only been used sporadically for orienteering using the original 1989 paper map. With the advent of modern mapping tools the whole area has been digitised for this event. Shedden Clough (or South Hurstwood) was digitised first and was used for a Level C event in 2014. The whole area was used in 2016 for PFO's Lancashire HotPot Level B.

Much of the area is protected blanket bog and is under the stewardship of Natural England. The area is home to large populations of moorland birds and diverse grassland species. We will not be competing through the protected areas nor during the nesting season of March 1st to August 31st. We are grateful to the landowner United Utilities. Michael Holmes (tenant) and to Natural England for permission to use the less sensitive parts of the area for our competition.

This is sensitive countryside. No dogs allowed. No naked flames or smoking due to fire risk. Take all your litter home. Thank you.


Is a web browser app for sharing and comparing orienteering routes. You can draw your own route or upload a GPS track from your watch. It also allows you to watch an animated replay with a simulated mass start.

Go to the Pendle Forest Routegadget now

Last updated: Tue 19 February, 2019

Location Info

Near: Hurstwood, Burnley
Lat,Lng: 53.78132,-2.18561
OS Grid Ref: SD881313
Postcode: BB10 3LF

Open an interactive map in:
GoogleMap - Streetmap (OS 50k)
OpenStreetMap - BingMap (OS 50k)

Directions / Parking

Set your satnav to BB10 3LF. Parking is 200m before reaching this postcode.

Parking field on the LEFT of the approach road to Hurstwood village. There is a tight turn into the field gate.

Larger vehicles (mini buses and campavans) will have a separate easier field entrance. Please follow marshal's instructions.

Please make a parking donation, which will be passed on to a local charity.

ASSEMBLY, Registration and Finish area is 1.5k easy walk (& 40m height gain) from parking. Allow 20 to 30 mins. Starts (North and South) are a further 10 minutes walk.

Please take all your essential equipment with you e.g. shelter, spare clothing, whistle/waterproof, food, money for Compasspoint, etc

There is ample room for club tents.

Registration and Start times

Registration from 12:30 till 14:30

Starts: 13:30 to 15:00

Courses close 17:00

Course Information

Course Details:

Course: Length: Climb: Map:
DS=double sided
Start: As SHI
M21E 12.2 km 405m 1:10000 A3 North As M21E
Black 9.3 km 350m 1:10000 A3 North As M20E
W21E 8.4 km 330m 1:10000 A3 North As W21E
Brown 8.0 km 335m 1:10000 A3 North
S. Brown 5.8 km 220m 1:10000 A4 DS North As W20E
Blue 4.9 km 200m 1:10000 A4 DS North
S. Blue 4.2 km 155m 1:7500 A4 South
Green 3.5 km 130m 1:7500 A4 South
S. Green 3.1 km 120m 1:5000 A4 South
VS. Green 2.6 km 105m 1:5000 A4 South
Light Green 2.6 km 115m 1:5000 A4 South
Orange 2.2 km 80m 1:5000 A4 North
Yellow 1.4 km 65m 1:5000 A4 North
White Area not

SIAC Contactless punching available on all courses, except Yellow and Orange. No course has more than 30 controls.

TD5 & TD4 courses planned by Martin Wilson BKO. TD3/2 planned by Judith Wood PFO.

Recommended Age Classes:
Course: Men's classes: Women's Classes
Black M21
Brown M35 M40
Short Brown M18 M20 M45 M50
Blue M16 M55 M60
M35S M40S
W35 W40
Short Blue M65
M18S M20S M45S M50S
W18 W20 W45 W50
Green M70
M55S M60S
W16 W55 W60
W35S W40S
Short Green M75 M80 M85 M90
W65 W70
W18S W20S W45S W50S
V Short Green M70S M75S M80S M85S W75 W80 W85 W90
W55S W60S W65S W70S
Light Green M14 M16B W14 W16B
Orange M12 M14B W12 W14B
Yellow M10 M12B W10 W12B

Entry Details

Pre-entries are now closed. EOD available subject to map availability.

Pre-entry list here.

EOD Adult BOF: £17.00 Adult Non-BOF: £19.00.

EOD Junior BOF: £8.00 Junior Non-BOF: £10.00.

EOD Adults competing on Yellow, Orange & Light Green only £10.00.

Dibber hire £1.00 per event, but £40 if lost.

Registration will take entries for Sunday's L'Etape du SHI Relay. £5 per person.

Dog restrictions

This is sheep country. Dogs are not permitted off leads in the car park or route to the start. No dogs in the competition area.


Toilets: One at Parking and 3 near Assembly. Traders: Rom CompassPoint.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Martin Wilson BKO, Controller: Tony Thornley AIRE, Organiser: Helen Ashton PFO